Saturday, April 20, 2013

Tough Call: Teachers Union vs. Rex & Friends



Check this interesting Missouri juxtaposition:

TEACHER'S UNION SLAPFIGHTS WITH THE MISSOURI POWER BROKER REX SINQUEFIELD AND HIS BUDDIES @ THE SHOW-ME INSTITUTE!!!

On the one hand, under-performing teachers unfairly benefiting from tough collective bargaining are culpable in the downward spiral of the American public education in Kansas City and across the nation. However . . . Big Money Rex has a bunch of really dumb ideas backed up with nothing more than his cash and a reactionary electorate that would gladly give up their freedom and any economic benefit for an idea presented by impressive white dudes.

You decide . . . Check the presser: 

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS ATTACKS SHOW-ME INSTITUTE

Union Includes Our Board Members On Fund Manager Blacklist

Today the American Federation of Teachers targeted the Show-Me Institute for our work to improve educational opportunities for Missouri's families.

The public-sector union included Show-Me Institute board members as part of a national blacklist of fund managers that public pension trustees are encouraged to avoid.

According to a Wall Street Journal article, the union's goal is to "strong-arm pension trustees not to invest in hedge funds or private-equity funds that support education reform." (Full Article)

"The Show-Me Institute will not be bullied by the American Federation of Teachers into abandoning ideas that are in the interests of the people of Missouri," Show-Me Institute Executive Director Brenda Talent said. "It is ironic, and sad, that a union which claims to represent kids and teachers is using pressure tactics to defeat proposals that would benefit both groups. We will continue our principled fight for Missouri's students, taxpayers, and pensioners -- whether the AFT likes it or not."
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